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KHIP: More than half of Ky. adults have firearms in their home; many are loaded and/or unlocked

As death rates related to firearms increase around the country, and gun control is debated by local, state and federal policymakers, it can be helpful to understand current firearm ownership and storage. The 2019 Kentucky Health Issues Poll asked Kentucky adults about the presence of firearms in or around households, whether the weapons are stored in a locked location, and whether firearms are kept...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll finds majority of adults in Commonwealth favor tax on e-cigarettes

Tobacco remains the single most preventable cause of disease and death among Kentuckians. However, the nature of tobacco use is changing, particularly with the rise of e-cigarettes. Commonly known as vapes, vape pens or hookahs, e-cigarettes use a battery and a heating element to deliver nicotine vapor to the user. To better understand the attitudes and opinions of Kentucky adults about e-cigarettes,...

Our Rich History: Remembering Apollo 11’s reluctant hero Neil Armstrong and his big step 50 years ago

By John Schlipp Special to KyForward This month marks the 50th anniversary of our nation’s historic Apollo 11 flight and the first footsteps of humans on the moon. The launch occurred on July 16, 1969. Crew members Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins accompanied commander Neil Armstrong. Neil and Buzz landed the Eagle (lunar module) on the moon on July 20, while Michael Collins orbited around...

University of Cincinnati hires NKU’s John Brannen as head coach; led NKU to two NCAA tournaments

John Brannen has been named the 27th head coach in University of Cincinnati men’s basketball history, UC director of athletics Mike Bohn announced Sunday. Brannen has served as Northern Kentucky University’s head coach since the 2015-16 season, taking the Norse to unprecedented success as the school’s athletics department underwent reclassification. Since earning active Division I...

WKU approves honorary doctorate for alumna, University of Tennessee Chancellor Davenport

Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents on Friday approved an honorary Doctorate of Letters for WKU graduate Beverly J. Davenport, Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Beverly J. Davenport “This is a wonderful way to celebrate her accomplishments,” said WKU President Timothy C. Caboni. Dr. Davenport earned her bachelor’s degree from WKU’s Communication and Journalism...

Collaborative academic-community partnership program to address health needs in Appalachia

The Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) centers at the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky, Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University have launched a new pilot funding program to support innovative, long-term collaborations between academic medical institutions and community partners with goal of improving health in Appalachia. The...

Poll finds most Kentucky adults have access to healthy food, but don’t take advantage of it

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Most Kentucky adults don’t eat enough fruits or vegetables every day, even though most of them say they have easy access to them, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. “Too many Kentuckians still aren’t getting their ‘apple a day’,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky,...